Let Go of Your Expertise to Tell a Better Story

Unexpectedly, the eyeball turned out to be the problem. There I was, writing a book about the brain, a manuscript that became The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds, and I was stuck. The big picture was clear in my mind: I wanted to tell the …

Forming Impressions: Expertise in Perception and Intuition (4)

This is the fourth in a series of posts about my recently published book, Forming Impressions: Expertise in Perception and Intuition (OUP, 2020). Intuition in Philosophy Let’s call the following picture of philosophy the Standard Picture. [A] Philosophers make judgments about knowledge, freedom, wrongness, etc. based on intuitions about knowledge, …

Forming Impressions: Expertise in Perception and Intuition (3)

This is the third in a series of posts about my recently published book, Forming Impressions: Expertise in Perception and Intuition (OUP, 2020). Presentational Conservatism Part 2 of Forming Impressions develops an epistemology of experiences that manifest expertise. My approach is first to discuss the epistemology of experience in general, …

Forming Impressions: Expertise in Perception and Intuition (2)

This is the second in a series of posts about my recently published book, Forming Impressions: Expertise in Perception and Intuition (OUP, 2020). Birds and Physics Problems In Chapters 2 and 3 of Forming Impressions, I argue that both expert perception and expert intuition manifest themselves in experience. When an …

Forming Impressions: Expertise in Perception and Intuition (1)

Introduction Radiologists can reliably tell whether a seen x-ray image is abnormal without scanning its details. This is an example of expert perception. Chess masters immediately think of superior moves, so that the move they ultimately choose differs from these initial options only in difficult cases. This is an example …

Book Symposium: Declan Smithies’ The Epistemic Role of Consciousness (6)

Welcome to the Brains Blog’s Book Symposium series on Declan Smithies’ The Epistemic Role of Consciousness. In this series, seven critics discuss the book with the author. The critics are Kengo Miyazono, Lu Teng, Takuya Niikawa & Yasushi Ogusa, Brie Gertler, Thomas Raleigh, and Tony Cheng. From April 26 to …

Book Symposium: Declan Smithies’ The Epistemic Role of Consciousness (5)

Welcome to the Brains Blog’s Book Symposium series on Declan Smithies’ The Epistemic Role of Consciousness. In this series, seven critics discuss the book with the author. The critics are Kengo Miyazono, Lu Teng, Takuya Niikawa & Yasushi Ogusa, Brie Gertler, Thomas Raleigh, and Tony Cheng. From April 26 to …

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